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Veracruz, Mexico (No. I)

Veracruz, Mexico (No. I)

As we’ll be in Veracruz until February 8, we have the perfect possibility to explore this city. Therefore we want to share with you our impressions. This is just the first part of it.

Goodbye, Herbie!

Goodbye, Herbie!

Today we had to say “good-bye” to Herbie. Even though not all bureaucratic requirements are conformed yet, we already brought our beloved Volkswagen to the port. We are sorry that we can’t post any last pictures of “Ocho” before he is going to be on his way to South America. Domi wanted to take at least one shot so badly. He literally begged for the allowance to get some photos but it was strictly prohibited by the port executives. It…

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Shipping Delay

Shipping Delay

Unfortunately our ship, named “Global Leader”, is delayed. It was supposed to arrive in Veracruz on January 29 in order to leave the port on the following day. They changed the schedules and the vessel will now depart on February 2. It will reach Cartagena, Columbia, eight days later, on February 10. Jalisco, Mexico (2010) While Herbie will be on a cruise across the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean we’ll fly down to Columbia. After we picked up “Ocho”…

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Herbie and the Kids

Herbie and the Kids

Just before continuing our trip across Europe in summer last year, Domi visited a junior high school class in Arbesbach, Lower Austria, to tell them a bit about traveling around the world in a Volkswagen Beetle from 1963 pulling a matching camper. Many thanks to teacher Manuela Brauneis (second from right) who invited us to come! A local newspaper named “Bezirksblatt” wrote a short story about the meeting. You can find more articles about our 34 horses riding around the…

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The Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico

Today we finally reached our destination: Veracruz. On our way down along the coast we took some photos with Herbie. The Gulf of Mexico provides many breathtaking spots. Coco palm trees and banana plants wherever you go. Yesterday we stayed at a very nice hotel at a beach of Costa Esmeralda. We made 2,500 miles (or 4,000 kilometers) of driving through the US and Mexico. The Love Bug was doing very, very well. A perfect gas mileage and just one…

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Herbie’s World Heritage

Herbie’s World Heritage

Today we visited the archeological site El Tajín – an ancient Hispanic city in Mexico. It is located just besides Papantla de Olarte in the state of Veracruz. We enjoyed walking around in that huge area with different kinds of pyramids. Tajín was one of the most important cities in the Classic era of Mesoamerica. The best-known monument in El Tajín is the Pyramid of Niches. Nowadays Tajín is a World Heritage site inscribed by the UNESCO in 1992. The…

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It’s getting hot in here…

It’s getting hot in here…

We are almost there! Tomorrow we’ll probably reach Veracruz. It’s getting pretty warm as we are heading further South. But unfortunately also the humidity is climbing. We prefer dry regions but it is great to have a kind of summer all year long on our travels. Domi uses to say “Zainab is a desert child. She was raised in Egypt and the UAE and can adopt to hot climate very well.” Domi himself can’t stand humidity at all but he…

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Leave your Guns at Home

Leave your Guns at Home

Today we crossed the Mexican border in Brownsville, Texas, entering the city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas. Mexico is a federation of 31 free and sovereign states. Tamaulipas is one of them. This country is known for one of the strictest gun laws on earth. Therefore it is illegal to carry firearms while crossing the border. Although more than 95 % of guns used in Mexico came originally from the United States. There is probably always a song of Johnny Cash…

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Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

It was getting more and more tropical as we were heading South on Highway 77 after passing San Antonio and getting off Interstate No. 10. We took a break at the very last public rest stop just right after the small village named Sarita, Texas, for having coffee with dates as usual. Herbie is doing well after making about 1,800 miles (or 2,900 kilometers) since leaving our camp in Ridgecrest, California. Meanwhile we got almost 78,000 miles (125,500 kilometers) touring…

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Don’t mess with Texas

Don’t mess with Texas

We had beautiful weather and a big blue sky accompanying us while touring on freeway 10 further East. Unfortunately we got a pretty strong head wind too, so the gas mileage was not as good as it used to be. We took one of our breaks from driving at a rest stop just right before Sonora, Texas. Even though we’re not pulling our camper “Qek” this time, Domi insisted to carry the propane stove with us. So we are able…

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Herbie’s Land of Enchantment

Herbie’s Land of Enchantment

Last night was still pretty rainy. We got it warm inside our nice little apartment at the motel in Benson, Arizona, but Herbie was left alone outside. Our overnight stay in Arizona was great. The owner of our room told us that he bought such a brand new Volkswagen Beetle in 1956 and drove it for many, many years. We were philosophizing about the reliability of such cars. Domi had a blast! Sometimes you have to improvise: We wanted to…

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A Kickass Trip

A Kickass Trip

We were thrilled to found us among “the world’s greatest collection of unconventional, crazy and original travels and journeys that kick ass”. You can find it by following Kickass Trips (or clicking on the image below). Today we made again about 300 miles (or 500 kilometers) by driving all the way on I-10 heading East passing Phoenix and Tucson. We stopped for shopping in both cities and ended up further down in Benson where we are staying at very nice…

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Hitting I-10 in Southern California

Hitting I-10 in Southern California

We started at six o’clock in the morning driving South on Highway 395. On our way down we met an old guy with his motorhome and a Volkswagen Bug in tow at a gas station. What you can see here is very common for the US – the motorhome is pulling a car. Europeans would normally pull a camper with their car. Here it can be the other way round. The reason for having a car in tow is to…

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Herbie Rides Again

Herbie Rides Again

Tomorrow, Saturday, we’ll leave Ridgecrest, California, early in the morning heading East through the entire Southwest of the USA and Mexico in order to ship Herbie from Veracruz to Columbia, South America. Down there we want to follow the so-called Pan-American Highway to very bottom of Chile. We’ll try to keep you posted while we are on the road exploring another part of this world in our Volkswagen Beetle from 1963. Just 34 horses will hopefully lead us across continent…

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Herbie’s Honky-Tonk

Herbie’s Honky-Tonk

The Love Bug is able to honk again. A loud horn is for sure one of the most important features while touring the world in a small car. For just a couple bucks you can get all different kinds of universal horns in automotive stores. Domi decided to buy an extra loud low tone horn. Underneath you can see our the old horn which didn’t work well anymore after honking our way through Europe, Asia, Australia, North and Middle America.

Anti-theft device

Anti-theft device

Today Domi bought a steering wheel pedal lock at a local auto part store for our trip to Mexico and South America. If somebody wants to steal Ocho, he would be still able to do so but we want to make it more difficult. Hopefully everything will be fine and our Number 53 will return to the USA safely.

Sunsets in the desert

Sunsets in the desert

Herbie is enjoying the sunsets out here in the desert. In fact our camp is located in the Mojave Desert of California. A big sky and these huge landscapes are creating an incredible atmosphere – and the best thing is, there is no humidity at all! When we got back to the United States there was no single rust spot on one of the chrome parts on Herbie, even though our beloved VW Beetle was waiting for us just outside….

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Herbie goes Bananas

Herbie goes Bananas

From Ridgecrest, California, where we are now, via Brownsville, Texas, to Veracruz, Mexico, Herbie will have to drive 2,350 miles (or 3,780 kilometers) to get on a vessel in order to be shipped to Columbia. This is actually our plan for January! “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for Herbie”. This is not a mission to the moon but it is still quite a trip, although our number 53 brought us so far already. But we…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a “Merry Christmas”!You’ll find today’s issue of the Austrian newspaper “Heute” in which we are sending our Christmas wishes to our Austrian fellows, friends and family members. If you don’t have the chance to get the printed version here’s a copy and a link below to the online article. Read the article online via http://www.heute.at/news/oesterreich/wien/art23652,638723

The Darién Gap

The Darién Gap

We’re planning to go to South America next, in order to continue Herbie’s World Tour. We’ve already driven across all 48 lower United States, we went to Canada and traveled through Mexico and all Central American countries. There is just South America left. But why haven’t we been there yet? We actually wanted to go there last time but we couldn’t because first of all our passports were completely marked and full with visas and secondly we didn’t want to…

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All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

There is no other way than shipping a vehicle from North (or Central) to South America. Therefore we’ll have to put Herbie on one of the big cargo ships where thefts happen quite often. So we ordered a lock for the engine hood. But we had to get it twice because the first one didn’t work properly and it broke. Thanks to “ISP West” we got the broken one exchanged (www.vwispwest.com). “All’s well that ends well”, Shakespeare would say! Everything…

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Herbie’s got new rubber

Herbie’s got new rubber

We drove to Lancaster for shopping and also in order to change all four tires on our almost 49 years old VW Bug. That is the third time that we put new tires on Herbie while touring around the globe.

The Love Bug Fans

The Love Bug Fans

Today we had a blast! We set up a meeting with a young guy called Kyle from Palmdale. We got to know him via www.lovebugfans.com. Since the age of 12 he owns a VW Bug which he transformed himself into an awesome Herbie replica. Here you can see Kyle with his Californian Herbie and Domi with our Love Bug from Austria. We definitely want to stay in touch with Kyle and we’re looking forward meeting him and his Herbie again…

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Love goes ‘round the world

Love goes ‘round the world

“The News Review” – a weekly newspaper here in Ridgecrest, California – brought out a nice story about us and Herbie “The Love Bug” going around the world in today’s issue. The article is written by Linda Saholt.

Good “shocking” news

Good “shocking” news

Finally we got the right shocks for Herbie. We ordered four new ones by Monroe (made in the US) – Domi’s favorites! It was as it used to be here in the Mojave desert a nice and warm day – great to work outside. The reason why Domi likes the Monroe shocks the most is probably because we had the same brand of shocks on our back wheels while touring all around the globe. And now they are supposed to…

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Herbie’s World Tour Fully Reloaded

Herbie’s World Tour Fully Reloaded

We got a brand new blog: www.herbiesworldtour.com Herbie is fully reloaded and we are back on the road in order to explore the world together. As we are members of “DLV Aircooled Community” you’ll still find our latest posts of our ongoing trip around the globe on here too.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Domi installed the new lid lock in the back. He was able to lock the hood after that but he couldn’t unlock it again because the pin wouldn’t go inside totally, so Domi guesses. We spoke to “ISP West” where we bought this spare part and we are so thankful that we’ll receive a very new lid lock as an exchange for the broken one.

Ready to go?

Ready to go?

Herbie and the camper are doing quite well now. So we’d be ready to go to South America. But we decided to stay in California for Christmas. We turned on some Christmas lights and people who pass by are enjoying the show.

Herbie at the Trona Pinnacles

Herbie at the Trona Pinnacles

It was an amazing photo session with our Herbie at the Trona Pinnacles – a National Natural Landmark just outside of Trona, California. Don’t get bored! You’ll just see big stones, train tracks and a VW Bug Herbie replica from 1963.

“Shocking” news

“Shocking” news

Domi was pretty disappointed when he inspected the package he received yesterday. We ordered four new shocks for Herbie but the ones we got are obviously a very different type.

28 years ago…

28 years ago…

    December 2, 1983, Domi was born in Vienna, Austria. Until the age of fourteen he was living in a small town called Weidling, which is a part of Klosterneuburg, where he moved with his family afterwards. Domi was raised together with his five brothers and two sisters.     Domi (aka “Domi CA$H”) at Monument Valley, Navajo Nation, in summer 2008.

We got our new starter

We got our new starter

Today we got our new starter. We bought it on the internet for just 50 bucks including shipping. I would say this is very cheap for a in the US remanufactured starter by Bosch (made in Germany). There was not only the bushing included, even a warranty and a year of roadside assistance are part of our purchase.

A little sun protection for Herbie

A little sun protection for Herbie

We got it as a gift for the premiere of “Herbie – Fully Loaded” at a drive-in theater in Gross Enzersdorf in August 2005. That drive-in theater is originally called in German “Autokino Center Wien” and is by the way the only one of its kind in Austria.

Touring the world in salt & pepper

Touring the world in salt & pepper

We got salt and pepper as a present from a so-called “snowbird” in Somerton, Arizona. The term “snowbird” should describe people from the US or Canada who spend a large portion of winter in warmer areas. They often carry their homes with them as campers like “salt and pepper” or Herbie and his trailer.

Filling up gas on Thanksgiving Day

Filling up gas on Thanksgiving Day

Today I drove to the next gas station here in Ridgecrest, California, to get something to drink for Herbie and I was surprised how cheap it was. I just paid 2.99 bucks per gallon which would be normally 3.79 in this town. A gallon has 3.79 liters, so one liter of regular unleaded gas cost me just 0.79 Dollar or 0.59 Euro. That means they charged me a bit more than 20 Euro for a complete fill up which would…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish all of you “Happy Thanksgiving”! As we are vegetarians we won’t eat a turkey so we’ll have organic Medjool dates by Berryman farms in Bard, California, raw Californian almond butter and New Mexican pine coffee.

Our journey in WIENER

Our journey in WIENER

We forgot posting a well done German written article by Verena Eissner-Eissenstein in WIENER, an Austrian magazine, about our journey across Europe and the experiences we got while traveling around the globe. You can the article also on the following website: www.wiener-online.at/2011/08/herbie-gibt-gas/

As an example: Arizona – of what we’ve seen so far in the US

As an example: Arizona – of what we’ve seen so far in the US

In 2010 and 2011 we traveled all across the 48 continental United States. Before we started we bought a road map where we high lighted every route we took. As an example you see Arizona (below) – one of our favorite states so far – with all the yellow high lighted streets we’ve already driven. And that’s quite a lot if you think of the fact, that Arizona is much bigger than Great Britain. Northern Arizona Southern Arizona

Finding a fly wheel for Herbie

Finding a fly wheel for Herbie

Today Domi had to find a “new” fly wheel for Herbie because the old one was worn out and he wasn’t able to order a new one because they stopped producing the old small ones Domi would need. Our friend Michael helped Domi with taking him to different junk yards in his Jeep in order to find a used fly wheel. Finally we got the right one. It was just hard to get it off. And there was also a…

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